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Kissing a Chick Can Get You Sick

Kissing a Chick Can Get You Sick
July 09
10:38 2015

A lot of people wish they could kiss a cute chick.

But it’s those that actually do it that are the problem.

The U.S. has had a big salmonella outbreak recently, according to the Centers for Disease Control. At least 181 people in 40 states have been affected, the CDC reports.


Elvis Presley

The cause seems to be people getting too affectionate with their poultry. And they called it puppy love!

The CDC said that 86% of the 95 people it interviewed revealed that they had contact with poultry the week before they became ill.

Some reported bringing live poultry inside their homes, and others said they kissed or cuddled baby chicks or ducklings.

It may be okay to eat chicken and dumplings, but it’s time to dump the chicks and ducklings.

Most people get salmonella from contact with live animals carrying the bacteria or by eating or handling infected foods – such as raw chicken.

The CDC estimates that salmonella bacteria cause about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths each year in the US.

In people, salmonella brings on diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Most people get better without treatment, but the bacteria can cause other complications leading to hospitalization and even death.

Maybe it’s best to leave handling chicken to the pros. If there are two things The Colonel knows how to handle, its chicken and Elvis Presley’s career.

The CDC tips for avoiding salmonella include:

  • Cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs, or raw (unpasteurized) milk.
  • If you are served undercooked meat, poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don’t hesitate to send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.
  • Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.
  • Be particularly careful with foods prepared for infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.
  • Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet feces.



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